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Melbourne, March 15th,2014. First qualifying session in F1

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After the introduction of the new tech regulations for 2014, teams encountered lots of problems during the off-season. Toro Rosso, the team of Daniil Kvyat, had covered one of the shortest distances during the pre-season testing sessions, which promised to turn the debut of a 19-year old Russian driver in F1 into quite a challenge.
Nevertheless, in his first qualifying session, on an unknown circuit in Melbourne in severe conditions Daniil managed to make it into the final segment to secure P8 on the grid. The weather had changed several times during the session, making it very difficult for the drivers but STR tactics were perfect, while Daniil made several fast flying laps despite having no experience on the track.
This was a very good session for us, and I really didn't expect to be qualifying 8th at my first Grand Prix two months ago!

This is definitely a big step forward, and I'm very happy for the team, who did a fantastic job also from the strategy side. The conditions were very tricky, but the car felt good, and in the end, we were able to put everything together.

Now our focus is on tomorrow, which should be interesting also.

Daniil Kvyat